Edgar Degas (1834-1917) had a profund sense of human character. A wealthy aristocrat (de Gas) by birth, he was trained in the tradition of Ingres and when he joined the Impressionists, he did not abandon his allegiance to draftmanship.
After beginning his artistic studies with Louis Lamothes, a pupil of Ingres, he started classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts but left in 1854 and went to Italy. He stayed there for 5 years, studying Italian art, especially Renaissance works.
Apart from sculptures, Degas worked on a considerable amount of canvasses but about 50% of them were devoted to dance and dancers. This Study of a Nude was part of the important Henri Ford II's collection sold in May 1980. It fetched $ 900,000.